Clara Freeman-Cole

Concordia University
M.Sc. candidate

Supervisor: Jochen Jaeger
Start: 2019-09-02


Assessing the degree of landscape fragmentation in Canada over the past 50-70 years, to be used as a pressure indicator.
This study aims to analyse the rate and timing of landscape fragmentation in Canada, in order to understand how this affects ecological processes, ecosystem services and future urban development. Since it is only after several decades that the extent of effects of fragmentation can be evaluated, a temporal analysis is key. Landscape fragmentation over 50 years will be measured using the effective mesh size method, to observe the rate of change over the time frame and to use the results of these to make a judgement on fragmentation hotspots and future landscape fragmentation.